John C. Cushman III Elected National President of the Boy Scouts of America



John C. Cushman III Elected National President of the Boy Scouts of America

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 24, 2004)—Businessman and civic leader John C. Cushman III began his two-year term as national president of the Boy Scouts of America at the organization's recent National Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Introduced to Scouting as a Cub Scout, Cushman advanced through the ranks to achieve Eagle Scout status and has maintained ties with the youth-development organization as an adult volunteer. Over the years, he has volunteered his time assuming leadership positions at the local, regional, and national levels before assuming the top volunteer position in Scouting.

"I had the good fortune to have a terrific experience in Scouting with my twin brother, Lou, in Troop 12 in Montclair, New Jersey," Cushman said. "My love of and respect for the outdoors come from the extraordinary experiences I had in Scouting. I was able to pass that love on to my four Eagle Scout sons."

Cushman's dedication to the Scouting movement has never wavered. Despite the rigors of co-founding and managing Cushman Realty Corporation, he has always made time to support Scouting in some capacity. Over the past decade, he has served on the inspection team for the Northern Tier High Adventure Program in the boundary waters of Minnesota; as a visitation team member for Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico; and president of Learning for Life, the Western Region, and the Los Angeles Area Council.

Cushman was nominated to the BSA's National Executive Board in 1993, and has served in various leadership positions, including chairman of the National Exploring Committee, a career education program for youth 14 to 20 years old. As president, Cushman will continue to ensure that the BSA's values-based programs are in tune with important issues facing American youth. He will also lead the charge on the BSA's aggressive recruitment effort to give every child a chance to join Scouting.

"I am dedicated to promoting the rock-solid values of the Boy Scouts of America," Cushman said. "The fundamentals of the Scout Oath and Law remain sound, and new efforts such as our Good Turn for America initiative are needed now more than ever."

"John's business and civic leadership experience will be invaluable as he leads the millions of volunteers in their work on behalf of millions of Scouting youth," said Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive.

Cushman has been awarded the Silver Buffalo Award, the BSA's highest commendation for service to youth. The Silver Buffalo is awarded annually to men and women who have demonstrated their desire to help youth achieve their potential through their dedication and volunteer service to youth.

He is also actively involved in other civic organizations, serving as a governor of the Town Hall of Los Angeles and as a director of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. For his civic contributions to the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Area Council named him a Distinguished Citizen. Cushman also actively serves his alma mater, Colgate University, as a trustee emeritus and serves on the national board of Junior Achievement, Inc.

He opened Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.'s Los Angeles office in 1967 after beginning his career with the firm in New York City in 1963. Cushman then co-founded Cushman Realty Corporation with his twin brother, Louis, on April Fools' Day in 1978. Cushman Realty Corporation merged with Cushman & Wakefield in 2001. That same year, Cushman was elected chairman of the board of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., a global real estate services firm.

During his illustrious real estate career, Cushman has completed billions of dollars worth of transactions throughout America and around the world, including many of the largest office leasing and sales transactions in the United States. He was recognized by the National Real Estate Investor in 1998 as "One of 40 Who Made a Difference" as a pioneer in the real estate industry.

Cushman and his wife, Jeanine, reside in Pasadena, California. They have four sons and three grandchildren.

The Scouting movement is composed of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the Boy Scouts of America to remain the nation's foremost organization for youth development and values-based leadership training. The Boy Scouts of America has served some 110 million members during its 94-year history. That success is a testament to the timeless values and enduring relevance of the Scouting program. To find out more about Scouting, as well as opportunities to volunteer in your local community, log on to

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